Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter seventeen

In case you’re just finding these recaps, A Pirate’s Love is a historical romance novel by Johanna Lindsey written in the late ’70s. I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s, but this book suffers from the awfulness of its era. Recaps start here. CONTENT NOTE: No rape in this chapter, but the mind games and casual references…

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter thirteen

I have thirty-one more chapters to go. Why am I doing this? I really don’t know what masochism compels me at this point. We’re back to A Pirate’s Love by Johanna Lindsey, a historical romance novel first published in 1978. In the last chapter Bettina had sneaked off Tristan’s ship and gotten arrested for her…

riding aristotle like a pony

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter eleven

Just assume every chapter once Tristan shows up in this book is a nightmare. Trigger Warnings forever. Prepare yourself: I am super sick. I had to go and look at other posts in this series to be sure was writing the title correctly (because I have such a complicated naming scheme) so this recap may…

Table throw

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter ten

Content Warning for rape apologia and…stuff. Honestly, I’m unsure any chapter in this book will be entirely safe now that Tristan’s arrived. It’s getting harder to do these recaps, as this book horrifies me more and more. I expected it to be bad. I didn’t expect it to be heartbreaking. So. Johanna Lindsey’s A Pirate’s…

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter nine

Trigger Warning for sexual assault, sexual violence, and threats of further violence. In the last recap, I’d mentioned that I had an interpretation of this book that was going to make it easier to get through. Now, if you’re unfamiliar with contemporary literary criticism, here’s the cool thing: authorial intent doesn’t have to matter. I…

drinking

Ruining My Childhood: A Pirate’s Love, chapter eight

No trigger warning this time around. Just a general Content Warning for discussion of rape, torture, etc. FUN STUFF. This is it folks. This is a chapter I do remember. As I recall (remember, I was like ten when I read this), Bettina does not get whipped at all. Tristan comes out and saves her…